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article imageProducers nominate 'Nightcrawler'; leave out 'Unbroken,' 'Selma'

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 5, 2015 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The money people have spoken with their nominations for the best in movies for 2014. They also have TV, but this story is all the movies.
Two glaring omissions are that for "Selma" and "Unbroken." In are Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper, both among those listed as producers for "American Sniper."
Some may say "Into the Woods" may be a snub, but not really. One could wonder why a "Guardians of the Galaxy" or even a "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is not included. A blockbuster comic book hero movie takes many producers with deep pockets to bring it to the big screen. With "Guardians," it was a risk, too, that paid off.
This may throw a twist on the way to the Oscars nominations as Angelina Jolie fell short here with "Unbroken" and these are the people who produce the movies - a major deal. In the end, that is much more important than a Golden Globe nomination or win.
If the DGA (Directors Guild of America) ignore her, the odds would fall off even more. From these, it looks like "Nightcrawler" and "Whiplash" gain ground. Also, "Gone Girl" gets back in the discussion. It started off award season on a high note, then fell off.
The guild's mission statement is: "The PGA represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team.” It has over 6,500 members, which is more than the current Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars).
One interesting note that "Citizenfour" is not among the finalists for documentary, but "Life Itself" is and could be the front-runner. Hollywood respected Roger Ebert a great deal and "Life Itself" is all about him and Hollywood.
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
"American Sniper" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Bradley Cooper, p.g.a., Clint Eastwood, p.g.a., Andrew Lazar, p.g.a., Robert Lorenz, p.g.a., Peter Morgan, p.g.a.
"Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
"Boyhood" (IFC Films)
Producers: Richard Linklater, p.g.a., Cathleen Sutherland, p.g.a.
"Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Megan Ellison, p.g.a., Jon Kilik, p.g.a., Bennett Miller, p.g.a.
"Gone Girl" (20th Century Fox)
Producer: Ceán Chaffin, p.g.a.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
"The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Nora Grossman, p.g.a., Ido Ostrowsky, p.g.a., Teddy Schwarzman, p.g.a.
"Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films)
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy
"The Theory of Everything" (Focus Features)
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
"Whiplash" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
"Big Hero 6" (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Producer: Roy Conli, p.g.a.
"The Book of Life" (20th Century Fox)
Producers: Brad Booker, p.g.a., Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.
"The Boxtrolls" (Focus Features)
Producers: David Bleiman Ichioka, p.g.a., Travis Knight, p.g.a.
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" (20th Century Fox)
Producer: Bonnie Arnold, p.g.a.
"The LEGO Movie" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
"The Green Prince" (Music Box Films)
Producers: John Battsek, Simon Chinn, Nadav Schirman
"Life Itself" (Magnolia Pictures)
Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper
"Merchants of Doubt" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo
"Particle Fever" (Abramorama/BOND 360)
Producers: David E. Kaplan, Mark A. Levinson, Andrea Miller, Carla Solomon
"Virunga" (Netflix)
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Orlando von Einsiedel
Milestone Award: Jon Feltheimer
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television: Mark Gordon
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures: Gale Anne Hurd
Stanley Kramer Award: the HBO television motion picture "The Normal Heart"
Visionary Award: the production company Plan B Entertainment
The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 24, 2015.
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